hun·gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē \
hungrier; hungriest

Definition of hungry 

1a : feeling an uneasy or painful sensation from lack of food : feeling hunger

b : characterized by or characteristic of hunger or appetite a wolf with hungry eyes

2a : eager, avid hungry for affection

b : strongly motivated (as by ambition) hungry investors a power-hungry politician

3 : not rich or fertile : barren a hungry soil

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Other words from hungry

hungrily \ˈhəŋ-grə-lē \ adverb
hungriness \ˈhəŋ-grē-nəs \ noun

Examples of hungry in a Sentence

There are millions of hungry people throughout the world. That girl is always hungry. The prisoners' families were hungry for more information. They were hungry to learn more.
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Confused, tired and hungry, they were left to fend on their own. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Respite centers for migrants preparing for possibility of indefinite detention," 2 July 2018 Then no child would go to bed hungry in this world ever again. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Bishop Michael Curry just stole the show with his sermon at the Royal Wedding.," 20 May 2018 Then no child would go to bed hungry in this world ever again. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Bishop Michael Curry's sermon -- the full text," 19 May 2018 No child would go to bed hungry in such a world as that. Fox News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry hear address from US Bishop Michael Curry at wedding," 19 May 2018 No child would go to bed hungry in such a world as that. Samantha Cooney, Time, "Rev. Michael Curry Delivered a Powerful Royal Wedding Sermon. Read the Full Transcript," 19 May 2018 When love is the way — unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive — when love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "‘There’s power in love’: Read the fiery sermon at the royal wedding by the Episcopal Church’s Michael Curry," 19 May 2018 No child would go to bed hungry in such a world as that. NBC News, "Rev. Michael Curry surprises with sermon touching on civil rights at royal wedding," 19 May 2018 Tired, hungry, cranky children make terrible travel partners. Dr. Elizabeth Pulgaron, miamiherald, "To go or not to go: How to make traveling with young children enjoyable | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of hungry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hungry

Middle English, from Old English hungrig; akin to Old English hungor

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The first known use of hungry was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hungry

: suffering because of a lack of food : greatly affected by hunger

: having an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach because you need food : feeling hunger

: feeling a strong desire or need for something or to do something


hun·gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē \
hungrier; hungriest

Kids Definition of hungry

1 : feeling or showing hunger

2 : having a strong desire She was hungry for power.

Other words from hungry

hungrily \-grə-lē \ adverb

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